Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics is an open access philosophical journal, being published only in an electronic format. The journal aims at promoting research and reflection, both historically and theoretically, in the field of moral and political philosophy, with no cultural preclusion or adhesion to any cultural current.
Contributions should be submitted in one of these languages: Italian, English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish. All essays should include an English abstract of max. 200 words. The editorial staff especially welcomes interdisciplinary contributions with special attention to the main trends in the world of practice. The journal has an anonymous double peer review referee system. Three issues per year are expected. All products on this site are released with a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA 2.5 IT) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/it/
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Comitato Scientifico Nazionale / Italian Advisory Board:
A. AGNELLI † (Trieste), G. ALLINEY (Macerata), S. AMATO (Catania), M. ANZALONE (Napoli), D. ARDILLI (Modena), F. ARONADIO (Roma), G. AZZONI (Pavia), F. BACCHINI (Sassari), E. BERTI (Padova), M. BETTETINI (Milano), P. BETTINESCHI (Venezia), R. CAPORALI (Bologna), A.A. CASSI (Bergamo), G. CATAPANO (Padova), L. COVA (Trieste), S. CREMASCHI (Vercelli), G. CEVOLANI (Modena), U. CURI (Padova), G. DE ANNA (Udine), P. DONATELLI (Roma), P. DONINI (Milano), M. FARAGUNA (Trieste), M. FERRARIS (Torino), L. FLORIDI (Oxford), R. FREGA (Bologna), S. FUSELLI (Verona), C. GALLI (Bologna), R. GIOVAGNOLI (Roma), P. KOBAU (Torino), E. IRRERA (Bologna), E. LECALDANO (Roma), E. MANGANARO (Trieste), G. MANIACI (Palermo) R. MARTINELLI (Trieste), F.G. MENGA (Tübingen), R. MORDACCI (Milano), V. MORFINO (Milano), B. DE MORI (Padova), M. PAGANO (Vercelli), G. PELLEGRINO (Roma), V. RASINI (Modena-Reggio Emilia), M. REICHLIN (Milano), M. RENZO (Stirling), A. RIGOBELLO (Roma), P.A. ROVATTI (Trieste), A. RUSSO (Trieste), M. SBISÀ (Trieste), S. SEMPLICI (Roma), A. SCHIAVELLO (Palermo), A. SCIUMÈ (Bergamo), M. SGARBI (Venezia), F. TOTO (Roma), F. TRABATTONI (Milano), F. TRIFIRÒ (London), M.S. VACCAREZZA (Genova), C. VIGNA (Venezia), S. ZEPPI † (Trieste).
Comitato Scientifico Internazionale / International Advisory Board:
J J. ALLAN (New Zealand), K. BALLESTREM (Germany), T. Bedorf (Germany), G. BETZ (Germany), W. BLOCK (USA), M. BYRON (USA), S. CHAMBERS (Canada), J. COLEMAN (UK), C. COWLEY (Ireland), W. EDELGLASS (USA), C.L. GESHEKTER (USA), A. KALYVAS (USA), J. KELEMEN (Hungary), F. KLAMPFER (Slovenia), M. KNOLL (Turkey), C. ILLIES (Germany), D. INNERARITY (Spain), A. LEVER (Switzerland), H. LINDAHL (Netherlands), J. MARTI (Spain), M. MATULOVIC (Croatia), J. MCCORMICK (USA), N. MISCEVIC (Croatia), A. MOLES (Hungary), L. PAULSON (France), A. PRZYLESBSKI (Poland), J. QUONG (USA) V. RAKIC (Serbia), A. SCHAAP (UK), N. TARCOV (USA), D. WEBB (UK), J.P. ZAMORA BONILLA (Spain).
In this article I discuss some aspects of prima facie statements and compare them with some deductive properties of moral rules. The conclusion I draw is in the sense of a re-evaluation of some aspects of moral intuitionism, which seems essential to the concepts of moral imagination and moral education.
The issue of human rights continues to be a battleground between divergent beliefs. Currently, it does not seem to be a unifying idea, but a cause of division that may strengthen the “clash of civilizations” or the “war of cultures”. This article stresses that the universality of human rights could only be sustained by stating the organic relation of human rights with some general facts that characterize human nature and explain why moral indignation is so common and negative reactions so widely spread when gross violations of human rights occur. This relationship can be shown by incorporating into the doctrine of human rights a general notion of “capabilities” and functioning of every “human being” and every “form of human life” as that one expressed in the texts by Sen and in Nussbaum particularly.
I discuss the main claims in a new book on the origins of morality (Salvador Giner, El origen de la moral. Ética y valores en la sociedad actual, Ediciones Península, Barcelona 2012, 419 pp.). These are: i) our time, far from being the twilight of morality, is the first time in human history when a universalistic and autonomous morality has emerges as a social phenomenon, not just as a philosophical theory; ii) even if thousand years of rational philosophical discussion of morality has yielded valuable insights, yet a fresh start of critical reflexion on morality qua phenomenon is first possible now, starting with a sociological understanding of morality as spontaneous emergence of codes of norms; iii) sociology is intrinsically ethical theory, since at a certain point, no empirical and technocratic proc-essing of social data still makes sense and sociological discourse has to become reflexive, interpretive, and most of all, construed in terms of explicit valuations.
I propose a comparison between the “classic” philosophical anthropology of the XX century and Karl Löwith’s thought, through a dialog with Joachim Fischer’s 2008 book, Philosophische Anthropologie. Eine Denkrichtung des 20. Jahrhunderts.
This paper is about the notions of the artistic, aesthetic, cognitive and moral value of art and their (possible) interconnectedness. The main concern is to try to advocate the cognitivist claim about the artistic value of artworks’ contribution to the advance of knowledge, as well as for the relevance of the moral dimension for artistic value. This is a discussion of the intersection of the debate about moral and aesthetic value. The central part of the paper is focused on a debate with Peter Lamarque. The problem of immoral art-works and their cognitive value is discussed at the end of this paper in order to show that they are counterexamples of the thesis of artistic relevance of the moral dimension.